Evelyn A. Dolan
Evelyn Dolan, of Kaukauna, passed away February 7, 2014, after 92 amazing years. Her family was at her side to comfort her two days after she suffered a stroke. Ev was born in Wausaukee, WI on December 16, 1921 to Nellie and James DeGroot. Her family eventually moved to Kimberly and then Little Chute where Ev graduated from St John's High School. After graduation she worked for a time at a law office and Kimberly Clark.
On February 12, 1942, Ev married Jack Dolan (who preceded her in death in 1986). For the next 27 years she was Jack's partner in hard work at the family farm on Farrell Rd. There she raised and nurtured 7 children along with milking, field work, housekeeping, constant cooking, and managing finances--a true multi-tasker. Yet she still found time for the Honeycomb Homemakers' Club, leading the Nitengale 4-H Club, vegetable gardening, and remodeling the old farmhouse. She was a great cook who took pride in her delicious baked goods and putting on elaborate feasts for company and work crews.
In 1969 the farm was sold and Ev moved to Desnoyer St. in Kaukauna. She began a new career as photo finisher/inspector at Pechman Studios. Eventually she found the strength to carve a new life and home for herself as an independent woman and single parent.
After retiring in 1987, Ev finally found time for enjoying new adventures, hobbies, and her grandchildren. She travelled the country from New England to California to Disney World. She took up golf, bowling, birdwatching and card playing--staying fit with regular swim exercise & walking. She volunteered for everything, from the Food Pantry to being a poll worker. When taking care of her house became too much like the old farm chores, Ev became one of the very first residents at Canal Place Senior Housing. There she led an active social life with an open door policy among her close friends & confidants, playing cards and enjoying life on the Fox River. After she could no longer drive herself, she liked nothing better than going with friends and family for a quick "bite to eat" and drives through the countryside.
Throughout her long life, Ev was totally devoted to her faith. She was an active member of Holy Cross Church for over 70 years, sang in the Church choir, helped prepare countless Church luncheons and was Treasurer of the Ladies of Holy Cross. She attended Mass regularly until the past few months, but continued her daily prayers and reflections to her last day.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Jack & his parents, daughter Mary (VanderHeiden) Skop, and son Mike Dolan. Also her sisters Eunice DeGroot, Gerry Berg & her husband Carl, brother Clayton DeGroot & his wife Jeanette, son-in-law Ron Granger, and brother-in-law Jerome Berg.
Surviving Ev are her children & their spouses James (Donna) Dolan, Colleen Granger, Dennis (Trudy) Dolan, Tom (Patti) Dolan, Tim (Wanda) Dolan and Daughter-in -law Carla Dolan. Also her dear sisters, Leone Berg and Helen DeGroot and her Grandchildren, Brian (Maureen) Granger, Kelly (Paul) Wenzel, Scott VanderHeiden, Chris (Andrew) Utrie, Michelle (Bob) Holloway, Kerry (John) Wolcott, Joe (Marie)Vandenberg, Derek (January) Dolan, Katie Eickermann, Matthew (Krista) Dolan, Tyler Dolan, Brandon Dolan and Trevor Dolan--along with 14 Great Grandchildren and many dear nieces & nephews--and Jean VanderHeiden who visited Grandma so often.
Visitation for Evelyn will be held at Holy Cross Church, 309 Desnoyer St, Kaukauna, on Saturday, February 15, from 10am to noon. Mass will follow at 12:15pm with lunch in the church basement after Mass. Future interment will be at St Patrick Cemetery in Snyderville. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established. Please share any on-line condolences or memories through the Post-Crescent website or at boettcherfamilyfuneral.com
Evelyn Dolan was a kind, gentle, strong & admired woman--with a truly great soul. Poet Maya Angelou says "A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again". We all know that Ev will live on as the "Great Soul" of the Dolan and DeGroot families.